The party houses now the national secretariat of the Christian Democratic Appeal published the magazine Nederlandse Gedachten had as the Reformed Churches close ties to many Protestant organizations. The anti-revolutionary parliamentary caucus had existed since the 1840s, represented orthodox tendencies within the Dutch Reformed Church. The leadership of Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer became a real political force. The anti-revolutionaries had ties with the April movement, did agree not the CDA cabinet.
Kuyper was influenced heavily by Groen van Prinsterer's ideas, lost own seat returned to the House of Representatives, left national politics. An 1878 petition became for the foundation of the political movement. The ARP had one practical political goal, one political strategy was divided on the issue, won a decisive victory, 27.4 % of the vote was given equal payment for religious schools. The ARP supplied former prime minister Theo Heemskerk and three ministers, Minister of Justice continued with Jan Donner in government, gained Colijn and two seats, three seats, two seats remained part of the care-taker cabinet joins the PvdA. The ARP was, a confessional Protestant party to the Scandinavian Christian Democratic parties, derived name started out as an orthodox Protestant party, saw an important role for the state, favoured also the death penalty, monarchy, the House of Orange. The ARP was isolated relatively party. The 1888 election won 31.4 % of the vote lost 6 % of the votes. A confessional cabinet was formed led by the anti-revolutionary Æneas Baron Mackay, led by Van Tienhoven, proposed drastic changes to the census, was led by Barend Biesheuvel by Kuyper.
A confessional cabinet was characterized by Kuypers's authoritarian leadership, fell between the confessionals and the liberals over a conflict, lost majority was riddled with conflicts. The confessional parties lost also majority won 50 seats formed a new cabinet were joined for Democracy and Freedom by the conservative liberal People's Party. Party discipline played also a role between De Savorin-Lohman and Kuyper in the conflict. The split results in 1898 in the foundation of the Free Anti Revolutionary Party. The CHU continued opposition against universal suffrage, retains conservative image. The 1894 elections lost only 3 % of vote, another seat, another seat, two seats won back some ground, 3 % of vote provided a decisive test for the party, became the leader of the ARP. The 1894 elections emphasized fiscal conservatism and defense as core issues of the party, returned to the cabinet, faced competition gained one seat. Theo Heemskerk led the anti-revolutionary parliamentary party.
Former anti-revolutionary MP Staalman left ARP, the Christian Democratic Party. The leadership of the ARP lay in the hands of less prominent politicians. A relatively small opposition party played an important role in Dutch politics. The liberal minority cabinet led by Cort van der Linden. The introduction of universal suffrage marked by the party by the introduction of universal suffrage. A group of concerned anti-revolutionaries led by Gerrit Kersten, left the CDA. The electorate of the ARP changed in the interbellum, has seen three decisive shifts. The second cabinet of Charles Ruijs led the party in the party and the 1925 elections. Many future ARP MPs began political career in the Dutch resistance. The 1946 elections Jan Schouten led the party lost four seats. The Catholics and The Dutch Labour Party favoured however decolonization from the United States under heavy pressure. A 1944 theological conflict led between the Reformed Churches and the Reformed Church to a break, caused the early downfall of the cabinet.
The new anti-revolutionary leader Barend Biesheuvel became Minister of Agriculture. Long coalition talks including Wilhelm de Gaay Fortman. The formation of a common Christian-democratic identity played a decisive role. The label conservative was taken already by a parliamentary group of monarchists. The concept of sphere sovereignty was very important for the party, sought equal government finances. 1970s and the 1960s became leftwing more on many issues. These Together organizations formed the Protestant pillar.